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Description - Bewitching Women, Pious Men by Aihwa Ong

These essays consider the contingent and shifting meanings of gender and the body in contemporary Southeast Asia. By analyzing femininity and masculinity as fluid processes rather than social or biological givens, the book provides ways of understanding how gender interacts with local, national and transnational forms of knowledge and power. The book's contributions cut across disciplinary boundaries and draw on fieldwork and textual analysis, including newspaper accounts, radio reports and feminist writing. Their subjects range widely: the writings of feminist Filipinos; Thai stories of widow ghosts; eye-witness accounts of a beheading; narratives of bewitching genitals, recalcitrant husbands and market women as femmes fatales. Geographically, the essays cover Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780520088610
ISBN-10: 0520088611
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 19mm)
Pages: 314
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 7-Sep-1995
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Aihwa Ong

Aihwa Ong is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley, and author of Spirits of Resistance and Capitalist Discipline (1987). Michael G. Peletz is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Colgate University and author of A Share of the Harvest (California, 1988).

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